Spicochist, meet the Orochon Special #2 challenge.
Ever since Adam Richman took this challenge down a couple years ago, I put it on my list of places to visit in Southern California. And then real life got in the way numerous times, basically delaying the inevitable showdown. In mid-March, I finally got my shot.
For the Orochon Special #2 challenge, you get 30 minutes to finish the large bowl of ramen, broth and all. Winners get their photo taken for the wall of bravery.
I went with the miso broth ($7.49) and a few minutes later, the piping-hot red broth stared back at me, along with at least a dozen chopped jalapenos.
|Orochon Ramen Special #2 Challenge
Finished in a casual 18 minutes, photo taken. Win.
I'm horrible at guessing weight, but it certainly felt like a 3-pound or 4-pound meal. Luckily, at least half of it was liquid. I felt like a fluffy panda afterward; needed a good walk to justify this one.
My friend finished the challenge as well -- and then didn't like me for a bit after that. Probably didn't help that I was taking pleasure in seeing the wrath nuke my friend while the spice had no effect on me.
NOTE: Orochon's "secret menu" also includes a Special #3 and a Special #4. Both sound intriguing enough to try.
Note that parking can be an issue in this area of downtown LA. Would be nice to have a friend or family member drop you off or chauffeur you around. Yes, I'm an evil panda who happens to love spicy food. 7.5/10